Something was chewing on this comb
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  1. #1
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    Default Something was chewing on this comb

    I had two hives going into winter. Lost one over the weekend. The hive had two deeps and one medium of honey. Not sure what happened, but I think moisture played a large part in the loss. Anyway, the other hive is doing very well. The cluster covers about 4-5 frames in the upper brood box which is 10 frames.

    Back to the dead colony... I found a frame located in the bottom brood box which looked as though something other than a bee was eating it. See attached photoIMG_6259.jpg I was unable to locate mouse poop. There were a few other frames like it too.

    Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Something was chewing on this comb

    It looks a bit like when bees rob out a frame of honey. They tend to tear it up some. I'd think a mouse would chew more up than that. A dead colony is usually soon to be a robbed out hive if the temps are warm enough for bees to fly.

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    Default Re: Something was chewing on this comb

    Agree with Daniel.....looks like robbed comb to me.

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    Default Re: Something was chewing on this comb

    Looks like robbing.

    It's not a mouse, they destroy the comb and several frames at a time.

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    Default Re: Something was chewing on this comb

    I wouldn't rule out a mouse if there was not a mouse guard on. Also, that frame seems to have a lot of pollen cells, never seen a mouse eat through black plastic foundation. Are those beautiful honey frames I see on the ground?
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    Default Re: Something was chewing on this comb

    Quote Originally Posted by fieldsofnaturalhoney View Post
    Are those beautiful honey frames I see on the ground?
    Yes. Deep frames of honey untouched by the bees. This colony died at the very end of February. It is still a bit of a mystery. It was a weak hive going into the winter. Upside is that I have frames of honey and drawn comb to use in a split and/or a nuc.

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